Housing benefit: renting from family

Find out if you can claim housing benefit for rent you pay to someone in your family.

Living in the same home

You can't get housing benefit for rent you pay to a close family member you live with. For example, if you're living with your parents and paying towards household costs.

People who count as close family members are your:

  • parents or step-parents
  • child or step-child
  • sisters or brothers
  • half-sisters or half-brothers

Partners of these family members also count as close family members.

Living in a separate home

You can get housing benefit if you pay rent on a property owned by a member of your close family, if they don't live with you.

You'll need to show proof of your tenancy, such as a contract, tenancy agreement or evidence of rent payments you make to your family member.

Renting from an ex-partner

You can't get housing benefit if you pay rent to an ex-partner for a home you used to share.

You can get housing benefit if you pay rent to an ex-partner for somewhere you never lived together. Get advice if this applies to you as certain circumstances may mean that you're not eligible.

Find out more from Citizen's Advice or a welfare rights adviser. Use Shelter's directory to find an advice centre in your area.

 

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